Emotions were running high in Texas this week where a controversial new abortion bill has caused a stir among many women.
While a lot of people were angry, one woman was forcibly removed by Texas state troopers in the middle of her testimony, causing instant outrage.
People are angry, and it doesn't seem to matter which side you are on. While the country is evenly split on the ethical question of abortion, the outrage that came from the removal of Texan Sarah Slamen from the Texas State Senate Chambers in the middle of her testimony seems to be universal.
This all began to draw national attention when Democratic State Senator Wendy Davis held a 13-hour filibuster at the end of June to try and stop the bill. On Monday, Slamen was ejected from the Senate chambers by Republican lawmakers during her pro-choice testimony. She was carried out by state troopers. On Friday, the Texas State Senate passed the new bill. While pro-choice advocates were upset, they were even more upset at Slamen's treatment.
"I think that as Americans we should all be given the right to speak no matter what we're talking about--no matter the topic. I think she absolutely had a right to voice her opinion," said Lauren Luziere, a Preston County resident.
Many are worried that the new bill may force many abortion clinics in Texas to close, and are particularly upset with the law's treatment of women who suffered rape or incest. Under the new law, victims of rape and incest would still not be eligible for an abortion after 20 weeks.
"No matter what your views are on abortion everyone has a right to speak. That's kind of a big thing in this country. So, I think they should have taken more care to let her speak her opinion," added Mon County resident Cori Lucotch.
Though Governor Rick Perry is expected to sign the bill into law, Democratic lawmakers in Texas plan on taking legal action.
This will be something to watch in the future because at least one pro-life group is already preparing for the possibility that this will become a Supreme Court case.